Cricket Australia confirms new men’s head coach

Cricket Australia has confirmed Andrew McDonald will take over as head coach of the men’s cricket teams following Justin Langer’s departure.

McDonald has inked a four-year deal that will see him take the helm for the Test, ODI and T20 sides.

The 40-year-old has served as interim coach since Langer’s departure in February and helped spearhead a historic Test series victory in Pakistan.


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McDonald said the opportunity to lead was “incredible” and looked forward to the immediate challenges inside the next 12 months.

“The journey so far has been particularly pleasing, and I am honoured to be given this incredible opportunity for what is an exciting period ahead,” he said.

“The success of the World Cup, the Ashes Series and now Pakistan has been testament to the hard work and leadership of Justin, Pat and Aaron along with the players and the support staff.”

Cricket Australia has opted not to split the head-coaching position along white and red-ball lines, which had been suggested by some figures, instead sticking to an over-arching head coach.

Executive General Manager of High Performance and National Teams Ben Oliver indicated McDonald would be given the opportunity for a break during certain short-format series.

“Andrew has been appointed as head coach in all formats, although some white ball series may be led by an assistant given the significant workload ahead and the opportunity to continue to develop our coaches and players,” he said.